A Research Design to Build Effective Partnerships between City Planners, Developers, Government and Urban Neighbourhood Communities

Foth, Marcus & Adkins, Barbara A. (2005) A Research Design to Build Effective Partnerships between City Planners, Developers, Government and Urban Neighbourhood Communities. In Erwin, G., Taylor, W., Bytheway, A., & Strümpfer, C. (Eds.) 2nd International Conference of the Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN), Aug 22-26, Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Peninsula University of Technology.


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Communities of place feature prominently in new urbanism movements and in master-planned inner-city developments that result from urban renewal. This paper’s point of departure is the stark contrast between the widespread use of mobile and ubiquitous media and communications technology by urban dwellers on the one hand and endemic forms of urban alienation and the disappearance or non-existence of urban neighbourhood community identity on the other. Networked individualism introduces challenges to conventional understandings of ‘place’ and ‘public places’. It opens up opportunities to build partnerships between architecture, city planning and urban studies in order to re-conceptualise the understanding of community and neighbourhood planning in the light of new media and network ICTs. However, such a re-conceptualisation has not been achieved yet because of a lack of theoretical and practical understandings of the freedom and constraints and the social and cultural meanings that urban dwellers derive from their use of place-based ICT systems. The paper argues that in order to gain a better understanding of the continued purpose and relevance of urban neighbourhood communities in metropolitan areas and their changing role within a network society, the scope and structure of the communicative ecologies and social networks created and maintained by residents in urban residential real estate needs to be investigated empirically to inform city design and planning. The paper discusses a cross-disciplinary research design to build effective partnerships between city planners, developers, government, education and urban neighbourhood communities.

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ID Code: 1914
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: new media, social networks, community informatics, urban renewal, inner city neighbourhoods, social capital
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:26

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